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Establishing shared coordinates

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Video: Establishing shared coordinates

So by now we've looked at a few different ways that we can link in various files. We've linked in Revit files. We've linked in CAD files. In many cases we just chose the default positioning center to center or origin to origin and then if necessary we move the file. In this movie, I'd like to talk about a feature called Shared Coordinates. Shared Coordinates is a feature in Revit where we're able to manage the positioning of two linked files relative to one another and the main benefit of doing this is, once you've established the relationship between two files, it's going to work in both directions and it's going to be maintained throughout the course of the project.

Establishing shared coordinates

So by now we've looked at a few different ways that we can link in various files. We've linked in Revit files. We've linked in CAD files. In many cases we just chose the default positioning center to center or origin to origin and then if necessary we move the file. In this movie, I'd like to talk about a feature called Shared Coordinates. Shared Coordinates is a feature in Revit where we're able to manage the positioning of two linked files relative to one another and the main benefit of doing this is, once you've established the relationship between two files, it's going to work in both directions and it's going to be maintained throughout the course of the project.

So in this case like the file I have here on screen, which is called Shared Coordinates, I have a linked site file in this file, and what I want to be able to do is open up the site file and link in the building and have it come in the correct location without my having to repeat all of the manual move and rotate and align steps. So let's take a look at the process. So I'm going to select the linked file here on screen and I'm just simply going to click on it anywhere and you'll see there it highlights, and we're going take a look over at the Properties palette, and you can see here's the name of the file right here.

It's a Linked Revit model, it's called Building Site, and we can optionally give it a name if we want. And down here, this is where we want to direct our attention, the Shared Site is currently set to Not Shared. So I'm going to click that button and I want to actually share the coordinate system. So we have two ways we can do this, we can publish the coordinate system from the current file to the link, or we can acquire the coordinate system from the linked file into the current file. Now it's almost a six of one and half a dozen of the other kind of situation, so it really isn't terribly important which one I chose here.

In my opinion, the site plan ought to be the one that does the publishing and acquiring. In other words, I want to assume that the site plan has the master coordinates and I want to gain those coordinates from there. So in this case, since I'm in the Building file, I want to acquire the coordinates from the site, so I'm going to choose that. But like I said everything should still function the exact same way if I did publish. It's really a matter of preference actually. Now down here, Revit can actually record this information that we're creating.

We're creating a relationship between these two files, it has to record that information somewhere, and it's recording it in a saved position and it's calling that simply Internal. Now if you're satisfied with that name Internal, then all you have to do is click Reconcile and you're done. I personally prefer to rename that position. I like to rename it to something a little bit more descriptive. So I'm going to click Change right here and you could see the Internal is the current saved position or Saved Site Revit calls it, and you could either Duplicate it or Rename it.

If you want to preserve Internal for any reason, choose Duplicate and maybe that's considered a little bit safer, or if you're sure that you don't need Internal you can just simply rename it. For this example, I'm going to simply rename it and I'm going to call this Building Site, and I'm just describing that location in the file. So that's the Building Site and I'm going to click OK, and then click the Reconcile button, and what we'll see right here is the Shared Site of this linked file is named Building Site, and to me that's a little bit nicer and a little more descriptive than having that button say Internal, which is what it would have said had I not done the rename step.

But I just want to stress that the rename step really is optional. Okay, we're not done yet. The last step in the process here is to save the file. So I need to come up here and click Save and when I do, it will say location position has changed in the file called Building Site, the linked file, we have changed the position. Well of course, we did. We renamed Internal and called it Building Site and changed its coordinates. So I have to save not only the current file but I have to save the linked file as well.

So I'm going to click on Save and now we've established that relationship. Now you may recall in the file where we set up a linked Revit file, I can't have both the site and the building open at the same time in the same session of Revit. So what I'm going to do here go to the big R, the Application menu, and I'm going to choose Close, and then my Building Site is listed right over here, I'm going to click on that and open that up as a recent file. Now it should there because we just saved it. If it's not there you can just go to Open and browse to it, but it should be there.

Notice that it does not have the building. Now the building should fit right about here and be oriented to the sidewalks and the parking lot, and so forth. I am going to go to the 3D View and zoom in just a little bit. Go to the Insert tab, click on the Link Revit, select my Shared Coordinates file, and down here instead of any of the other options that we've previously looked at I'm going to chose By Shared Coordinates. When I do that, Revit knows exactly where to put the file, when I click Open, it will come in in exactly the correct location.

So that's one of the benefits of using the Shared Coordinate system. Once you've set it up for a pair of files, it goes both directions. So it's a bidirectional link and the files will know where they should go. So it's a pretty nice benefit. If we had additional buildings on the site we could set them up the same way and then even those other buildings would know about each other, and we could build an entire campus of buildings that were all linked together. So the Shared Coordinates feature is just a way of managing the insertion points and the coordinates, actually it's more than the insertion point, it's the X, the Y, the Z, the orientation, it's all of that.

It's a way of managing that relationship between two files when they're linked together and it maintains that relationship bidirectionally so if you link one to the other, the relationship stays intact.

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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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